Fairlady September 2018

FAIRLADY is a modern, glossy grown-up magazine that offers great stories and inspired solutions to the busy South African woman.

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
R 68
R 357
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
‘hope springs eternal’

I love hunkering down inside, all cosy and warm while the rain pelts down outside. And this past winter has taken that love to another level for other reasons: just to hear water falling felt like such a relief after that long, dry, desperate summer. There are things I find I just can’t do any more as a result of the drought. Sadly, reading for hours in a bath that you keep topping up with your toes is one of them. We stayed with friends recently, where there were no water restrictions. I dreamed about the bath I was going to have there for a long time… but once I was in it, I felt so guilty I couldn’t relax. And the idea of flushing a loo with clean water just…

2 min
what i'm loving this month...

ADIDAS… … for committing to using only recycled plastic by 2024. They will no longer use ‘virgin’ plastic (including polyester) in their shoes or clothing, nor in any of their offices, retail outlets, warehouses or distribution outlets. Big up to them for taking their slogan seriously: ‘Impossible is Nothing’. It comes from Muhammad Ali, who said: ‘“Impossible” is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.’ MOST WUTHERING HEIGHTS DAY EVER People are hilarious and quirky, which is possibly the thing I like most about us as a species. The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is an annual event that takes place in quite a few countries where hundreds of…

3 min
you said wrote & tweeted...

✽ WINNING LETTER Choosing motherhood Lauren Clark’s road to motherhood [June 2018} is almost exactly like mine, with a few differences. I was nearing 40, with no hint of settling down. My mom was the instigator – she spoke to all my friends to get their buy-in before approaching me! Although I had a few friends who were willing to make a ‘donation’, I chose an anonymous donor and went for intrauterine insemination (IUI). The first three attempts didn’t work, so I ‘fired’ the donor. The next donor was perfect – I found out I was pregnant in October 2010 and somehow I just knew it was a little girl. I gave birth on 15 June 2011, with my mother and sister in the theatre. I gave my daughter my mom’s name, Cobie. She’s…

7 min
stuff we love this month

Glitterati I realise this looks like something I wrestled out of a six-year-old’s hands (or plucked off a unicorn’s head) but I just couldn’t resist getting these glittery makeup brushes from Clicks. They are by Real Techniques, a UK brand launched by two sisters who are also makeup artists, so I knew they weren’t going to be gimmicky junk – I own many of their normal range brushes and they’re great. These are soft and fluffy as can be, the bristles are easy to clean and apply your makeup smoothly. They go for R200–R300. (Please don’t send me hate mail if they’re gone when you get there; they are limited edition.) Liesl #SmellLikeADuchess First of all, I have no qualms whatsoever about wearing a feminine fragrance – I’ve been stealing my mom’s perfume for…

6 min
a foot in the door

‘I decided that for every pair of Sexy Socks I sold, I would donate a pair of school socks to kids in need.’ DAVE HUTCHISON ‘You have to fill your time with things that will help grow the business and hope that you’ll get there.’ CHELSEY WILSON ANDHER DOG , TEDDIE FEAT. sock co. CHELSEY WILSON Start-up costs: Chelsey Wilson and her then-business partner Alison Stewart borrowed R20 000 in total from their parents to pay for the first batch of socks. Turnover: After good sales as Emerging Creatives at Design Indaba in 2013, as well as securing some retailers at the show, they paid their parents the full amount back and started working towards making a profit. I remember when I was a kid, whenever my mom bought a pair of socks for me,…

1 min
how to overcome challenges as an entrepreneur

1. STAY CALM WHEN THE WHEELS COME OFF When things go wrong and you’re not sure why, stop and take a step back. Review old accounts, emails and invoices to work out where you may have missed a step. Once you’ve identified the issue, establish the immediate actions you can take to address the problem. 2. KNOW WHERE TO USE YOUR MONEY External factors could throw your business off balance. Make sure you’re managing the things you can – like your finances. Draw up a financial plan and stick to it. 3. KEEP TRACK OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR TEAM Keep your finger on the pulse and invest in your staff – small problems can become big ones if they aren’t addressed. Investigate issues as they arise. 4. SEE CRITICISM AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH Be open,…